The good intentions of a busy woman

Today, sometimes when I think I’m busy, I remember all that I used to do when I was running my business and running after two active children at the same time. I was reminded of those action-packed days when I found an entry in my journal from April 2009. The entry was about a thank […]

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A walk in the park?

“If you wake up in the morning and you have a choice between doing laundry and taking a walk in the park, go for the walk,” says Christine Lee. “You’d hate to die and realize you have spent your last day doing laundry.” Christine Lee is one of the women whose photograph is featured in […]

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In spite of myself

“The supreme happiness of life,” Victor Hugo once said, “is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, in spite of yourself.” I found this quote in a book called On Friendship—A Selection. The book was edited by Louise Bachelder. –Joy

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A Heaven full of friends

“My only sketch, profile of Heaven is a large blue sky, and larger than the biggest I have seen in June—and, in it, are my friends—every one of them.” That’s a quote from Emily Dickinson. I found it in a book called On Friendship—A Selection. The book was edited by Louise Bachelder. –Joy

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Leathery old scales

Dulcie doesn’t want to go on a trip. “Oh, but I couldn’t possibly!” she says. “I don’t travel any more, you know. I haven’t had my hair done.” But Anna insists that she should, and Dulcie has a “wonderful” time. “You have taken the leathery old scales from my eyes,” Dulcie says. I am going […]

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What’s our duty?

“All his life he’s been longing for company and nobody has wanted him….He has no charm and he knows it. Can’t connect. Can’t hear people thinking,” says Dulcie. “Can’t help being what he is. He knows that nobody ever liked him. Haven’t I a duty to him?” Fayteen and I both know people who, for […]

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A performance or a march?

Elsie “was so beautiful….Chinese. Ageless. Paris thrown in. Perfect French. Poise….” For Elsie, “life was a performance. “For Betty, it was a tremendous march. A brave and glorious and, well, comical, sometimes endurance. All governed by love.” A performance or a march? Which best describes your life? Elsie and Betty are two of the characters […]

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Bookworms?

Fayteen and I both are bookworms. At least, we considered ourselves to be bookworms until we read this quote and thought about all of the books that have made a difference in our lives. “People who love reading are often called bookworms, but that’s the wrong way around. It’s not you who worm into a […]

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Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou was a Resolute Woman—and a Phenomenal Woman, and I have always liked her poem “Phenomenal Woman.” Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size. But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of […]

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A healthy portion of insanity

I heard Jessical Jackley speak several years ago at a San Antonio Women’s Foundation luncheon and was impressed by her enthusiasm and intelligence. Jackley, a Stanford business school graduate, co-founded Kiva.org, a website that uses microloans to channel millions of dollars to the world’s poor. She is a Resolute Woman—and the author of a new […]

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